The Fan Hitch Volume 3, Number 2, March 2001

Newsletter of the Inuit Sled Dog

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From the Editor
 
Thanks to our Sponsors
 
Featured Inuit Dog Owner: Tim Socha
 
Nunavut Quest 2001
 
Inuit Dogs in New Hampshire, Part I
 
Uummannaq: A Special Dog Sledge Expedition
 
Remembrances of a Spent Life: "Chimo"
 
Dog News from Iqaluit
 
The Homecoming, Part III
 
Fan Hitch Wins Writing Contest Recognition
 
Product Review: Seeing the Light
 
Media Review: The Last Husky
 
Tip for the Trail: A Do-it Yourself Alcohol Heater
 
IMHO: Looking Forward


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JD team in the 1930s - John Douglas driving. 
Note the single file hitch.

Inuit Dogs in New Hampshire: Part 1

by Geneviève Montcombroux

Some time ago I started corresponding with Heather Moore, and she was kind enough to share some old photos and a bit of her family history.

Alaska, a young ISD in the 1930's.
Compare to Lulik's picture (below)

                                                  Montcombroux photo

Once upon a time, in the 1930s, there were Inuit Sled Dogs in the American state of New Hampshire. Heather's great-grandfather (last name was Douglas) was a blacksmith from Canada. To him, dog transport was nothing out of the ordinary, and when he moved to New Hampshire, he took his dogs along. He built his own sleds and at one point met Ed Moody, who served with Admiral Byrd in Little America, Antarctica as a "dog puncher", who then was just beginning to make his famed sleds. The two exchanged ideas about sled building. The stories she heard about dog sledding led Heather to Alaska, where she developed her own racing kennel. 

Compare the second dog (behind the leader) to Yannamiq (below)

When she was a child she remembers meeting Short Seely, who with her husband Milton, assumed ownership of Arthur T. Walden's Chinook Kennels in Wonalancet, New Hampshire back in the early 1900s. There the Seeleys were responsible for bringing to AKC recognition the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky. Heather regrets that she didn't understand the significance of such meetings at the time, but then this cannot be expected of children. She also remembers that some of her grandparents' dogs went to Earl and Natalie Norris in Willow, Alaska. Some of their other dogs went to Antarctica with Admiral Byrd.  At this time, however,  no one seems to know what happened to the descendants of those Inuit Sled Dogs.

The first two dogs are ISDs from Labrador, a Malamute 
is third.     The team is driven by Doris Douglas. 

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